Better News for Civil Ceremonies
Some good news at least for couples planning a wedding in England and Wales. From 1st July 2021, outdoor ceremonies will be permitted for the first time at approved venues. This will mean that more guests will be able to attend, and enable an outdoor ceremony to take place on a site at premises that has already been approved by the Registration Service. Whilst oudoor wedding ceremonies could indeed take place outside, these were only permissible within a structure that had already been approved at the venue, such as a gazebo. Check with your approved venue what the options for an outdoor ceremony will mean for your wedding and the number of guests you will be able to invite. These changes will be reviewed in April 2022.
Whislt this announcement is welcome and will provide more choice for couples to consider, the report by The Law Commission, due by the end of the year, may yet open up even more romantic options for couples getting married in England and Wales, including humanist ceremonies and being able to wed on a beach or private garden, which is currently not permitted in law. Any recommendations from the law commission report, may be considered for the review due in April 2022. For now though we can celebrate!
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